Clay by David Almond

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Fourteen-year-old Davie and his best friend, Geordie, are altar boys at their local Catholic Church. They’re full of mischief, but that all changes when Stephen Rose comes to town. Father O’Mahoney thinks it would be a good idea for Davie and Geordie to befriend him—maybe some of their good nature will rub off on this unhappy soul. But it’s Stephen who sees something special in Davie.

Stephen’s a gifted sculptor. One day as Davie looks on, Stephen brings a tiny figure to life. It’s a talent he has, the gift of creation—and he knows that Davie has this talent, too. Davie allows Stephen to convince him to help bring a life-size figure to life—and Clay is born. Clay is innocent, but Stephen has special plans for him.

What has Davie helped to unleash on the world?

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About David Almond

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DAVID ALMOND lives in England.
Published March 11, 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stephen Rose, an odd boy with a strange past, comes to town and befriends Davie, and in his skill with clay comes a salvation of sorts against Mouldy and his gang.

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The Guardian

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Clay by David Almond 304pp, Hodder, £10.99 There's a reassuringly old-fashioned feel to David Almond's latest book, Clay, that gently lulls the reader into a cosy false sense of security.

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Publishers Weekly

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At his priest's request, altar boy David befriends a new member of the parish, Stephen, who has come to live with his "crazy" Aunt Mary after his father dies suddenly and his mother becomes mentally ill.

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Common Sense Media

CLAY has lots British slang that may frustrate some young readers, but those who persevere will find this an edgy and exciting look at some pretty big ideas, including the nature of good, evil, creativity, and God, and the complex relationships among them, all wrapped up in early adolescent angst...

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Stephen has a gift that Davie has never seen before--one he claims is in Davie as well: Stephen can bring the figures he creates from the clay to life.

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